3 Stories You Should Read 2/5/2019: Evan Lyndell Parker, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Inaugural Committee
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In the category of: Strange coincidence?
What are the odds that two different black people would be found dead of hanging in the exact same Texas jail with no explanation nearly four years apart? How likely is it that two black people would inexplicably commit suicide at the exact same jail and no guards were there to catch it or intervene?
Hopefully, the Texas Rangers will be able to answer that as they investigate the death of 34-year-old Evan Lyndell Parker, who was found hanging in his cell Jan. 25.
In the category of: Let’s see the books.
Prosecutors in New York opened the investigation last year amid scrutiny over the inauguration committee’s spending.
Prosecutors in New York have reportedly ordered President Donald Trump’s inauguration committee to hand over documents related to donors and finances, several news organizations reported Monday.
According to ABC, which first reported the news, a lawyer working with the committee received a subpoena Monday from federal prosecutors seeking documents related to the organization’s donors, event attendees, perks, contracts and vendors, among other things.
Prosecutors also are looking for any illegal foreign contributions and whether committee staff members were aware of such illegality, The New York Times reported. Federal law prohibits foreign donations to federal campaigns, political action committees and inaugural funds.
In the category of: Proof of life.
The outing was the Supreme Court justice’s first public appearance since her successful cancer surgery in December.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made her first public appearance since her cancer surgery in December, and it was for a program in her honor.
Ginsburg attended a production Monday night of “Notorious RBG in Song” at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. The production was designed to celebrate the 85-year-old’s life and career, and was performed by her soprano daughter-in-law, Patrice Michaels. Michaels did not announce Ginsburg’s attendance, according to The Washington Post.
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